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adoption

[ədop′shən]
Etymology: L, adoptere, to choose
a selection and inclusion in an established relationship or a choice of treatment protocol.

Adoption

The act of lawfully assuming the parental rights and responsibilities of another person, usually a child under age 18, typically due to infertility; 8,000 babies/year enter the US adoption pool, most from underdeveloped countries; about 2% of children < age 18 in the US are adopted.
Health profile Adoptees comprise 5% of children in psychotherapy, 6–9% of those with learning disabilities, 10–15% of those in residential treatment or psychiatric hospitals.
Medical problems in international adoptees
• Infections Giardia lamblia, Trichuris trichiura, Blastocystis hominis, tuberculosis, HBV, chronic diarrhoea, poor hygiene
• Medical problems Neurologic, haematologic, renal, metabolic
• Psychological Sensory deprivation and/or physical abuse by care-givers
• Nutrition Malnutrition, rickets

adoption

Social medicine The act of lawfully assuming the parental rights and responsibilities of another person, usually a child under the age of 18; the care and nurturing of a child by a non-blood-related adult who assumes the roles, rights, and obligations of a natural parent; 2% of children < age 18–US are adopted–± 1 million. See Cooperative adoption, Designated adoption, Independent adoption, Infant adoption, Informal adoption, Open adoption, Relative adoption, Semiadoption, Simple adoption, Traditional adoption, Transracial adoption, Wrongful adoption, Zygote adoption.

adoption

1. of alien young. Individual dams of all species may adopt strange neonates, and some ewes will even attempt to poach from others, but special measures have to be taken in most cases to foster alien young. Sows are probably the easiest to deceive. Queens will accept foster kittens if they are within about 2 weeks of the age of their own kittens. Reluctant ewes may accept strange lambs only if they are rubbed with secretions from their own.
2. also used in reference to the placing of stray or otherwise unwanted dogs and cats into ownership, as stray animals obtained from an animal shelter.
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SECU's participation will play an integral role in heightening awareness and providing foster youth with maximum exposure to potential adoptive parents.
She draws on her educational and professional background in psychology and counseling to illuminate the private thoughts of adoptive parents with sensitivity and startling honesty.
For more information about the adoption process or to read testimonials from adoptive parents, visit: http://www.
That said, as much as possible needs to be done to recruit and assess prospective adoptive families QUICKLY in order to have potential homes available when the need arises.
They allegedly found e1/45,000 in their possession and e1/45,000 more in the possession of the adoptive parents.
adoption isn''t always easy, of course, but the joy it can bring - as many adoptive parents will tell you - can be limitless.
Tyebjee (2003), for example, asked prospective American adoptive and foster parents about their attitudes and motivations towards adoption and foster care.
THERE are about 200 children waiting for adoptive families to be found for them in Scotland today.
A MAN who stole nearly pounds 53,500 from his adoptive mother used some of the money to buy a string of expensive mountain bikes and remotecontrolled cars.
The study found that whether or not adoptive children were developing in positive ways was unrelated to the sexual orientation of their adoptive parents.
We also have time to enjoy the successful results of adoptive parenting.